LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW:
As the CEO of Reveu.me and Founder / Managing Editor of Papercut Magazine, Jamall spends his days interacting with emerging and professional photographers from all around the world. He started Papercut Magazine 6 years ago, and has had the privilege of featuring and working with amazing fashion photographers like An Le, Lindsay Adler, and Lara Jade. He understands what it takes to make it in the Industry and has an eye for talent as the he oversees all editorial content for the magazine.
Nowadays most of his time is dedicated to expanding Reveu.me, a platform to enable aspiring photographers to receive professional feedback and career guidance anytime, anywhere, from professionals in the Industry.
Today we discuss the process of getting paid for your photography, being consistent with getting your work seen, and doing your proper research before pitching to editors/publications.
I want to give a huge thank you to Jamall for taking the time to chat with us! I consider myself as much a student as the listening audience, and appreciate him sharing his extensive knowledge.
“At the end of the day, YOU are the photographer. It’s your company, so YOU are the brand.” -Jamall Oluokun
Top 3 Tips From the Interview:
1. Get better. Get published. Get paid.
Seek to constantly improve. Experiment. Nail your technique, and know your camera inside out. Put your work out there! No matter how great you are, if no on sees your work, you won’t get far. Put your work on your site, and then work to put it on other sites. Contact publications as well. It takes hard work and dedication, but eventually you will pick up momentum and get paid.
2. Be consistent in your efforts.
This not only applies to how often you shoot with your camera, but also how often you are networking and getting your work out there. For example, if your goal is to make a full-time income, you will have to put in a full time effort.
3. Know your audience.
Before reaching out to editors and publications to pitch your work, do your research beforehand. Understand what type of photos they are looking for. You would be surprised how many people skip this step.
Jamall Can Be Found At:
» Reveu.me: The platform to enable aspiring photographers to receive professional feedback and career guidance anytime, anywhere, from professionals in the Industry.
» PapercutMag.com: Online photography magazine that showcases the best of the fresh through their own lenses, connecting the visionaries to a global audience on a more intimate level.
Jamall’s Recommended Resources
» MixMax.com: A Google Chrome an email tracker.
» Yesware.com: Email tracking, geared more towards sales.